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Cisco ASA

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Score 8.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco ASA

Places where this product is well suited -* VPN Functionality - Client to Site/Site to Site* Internet Edge Gateway - NAT/PAT providing internet access to staff/production networks* Interior firewall - Network segmentation
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FortiGate

Fortinet's Fortigate units are very solid Next Generation Firewalls. In my experience they have done very well both at our branch offices and our Corporate Offices. They are feature packed, the support is fantastic and we've experienced fantastic stability. Anyone with experience managing enterprise class firewalls will have a shallow learning curve moving to the Fortigate units
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Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco ASA
7.7
FortiGate
9.0
Identification Technologies
Cisco ASA
7.3
FortiGate
9.1
Visualization Tools
Cisco ASA
6.7
FortiGate
9.0
Content Inspection
Cisco ASA
6.5
FortiGate
9.1
Policy-based Controls
Cisco ASA
8.2
FortiGate
9.1
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco ASA
7.6
FortiGate
9.1
Firewall Management Console
Cisco ASA
7.5
FortiGate
9.0
Reporting and Logging
Cisco ASA
8.0
FortiGate
8.9
VPN
Cisco ASA
8.0
FortiGate
9.6
High Availability
Cisco ASA
8.1
FortiGate
9.0
Stateful Inspection
Cisco ASA
8.6
FortiGate
8.1
Proxy Server
Cisco ASA
8.1
FortiGate
8.8

Pros

Cisco ASA

  • Consistent commands. A lot of the general commands used on other Cisco switches and routers also work here, making it easy script common tasks and changes across multiple devices without having to switch command structure.
  • Processing power. The ASA is incredibly fast and doesn't introduce much if any latency.
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FortiGate

  • FortiOS (Fortinet's network security operating system) is used on all the appliances, so security people are able to move from a smaller device to really large deployments with (relative) ease.
  • Having a single solution used to manage security risks (using the UTM) is really something that reduces complexity of the network administration and deployment.
  • The NAT and routing management that a FortiGate is able to deliver is one of the best I have seen so far. I had to configure really peculiar addressing requests and the FortiOS gave me a range of solutions that made it doable.
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Cons

Cisco ASA

  • The gui interface is good, but often lacks the ability to perform full tasks without command line.
  • Integration with other products can be complicated and you may need to find the custom commands from the 3rd party or support to make it work.
  • A lot of their advanced features are present, but aren't fully integrated yet.
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FortiGate

  • Support is downright horrid. Level 1 support will ask you (or even do it themselves) to *reboot* appliances. In a production datacenter. Level 2 will only do very basic support and will generally refuse bugs exist, in an overwhelming flood of proof.
  • Reliability isn't quite up to par. Although it's still a stable device, there are nuances you don't see in simpler deprecated devices like an ASA. But this comes with the territory of UTM/NGFW appliances.
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Likelihood to Renew

Cisco ASA

Cisco ASA 9.0
Based on 1 answer
I am committed to low-OpEx usage model, know most (nearly all) hw and sw features and have a good customer base to continue to use Cisco ASA.
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FortiGate

FortiGate 9.4
Based on 4 answers
Fortinet's products have kept improving with new software releases and they continue to deliver great value. Their support is also very good. I believe that as a small enterprise, their products have given us competitive advantage delivering features and functionality that enable us to innovate and do things better. They also continue to be a leader in the markets they serve.
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Usability

Cisco ASA

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.3
Based on 5 answers
Ease of configuration, rich feature set and robust monitoring have made this product almost fun to use. I still consult the manual, but the intuitive design of the GUI makes most configuration tasks self explanatory. We deploy several different models, but the management is nearly identical across all of them, making it easy to keep on top of hundreds of devices
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Reliability and Availability

Cisco ASA

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 2 answers
We had didn't any hardware failures at our two main office locations and upgraded our units last year after using them for about 5-6 years
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Performance

Cisco ASA

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Good performance and really good integration. We have integration with Microsoft AD.
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Support

Cisco ASA

Cisco ASA 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Issues are handled in a timely fashion and the support personnel are very knowledgeable.
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FortiGate

FortiGate 8.7
Based on 11 answers
Support staff is knowledgeable and answers questions quickly. I have not run into an issue to date that was not quickly resolved by the support staff.
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In-Person Training

Cisco ASA

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I received it a couple years afters use it and it was just to confirm my knowledge about the tool.
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Implementation

Cisco ASA

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

FortiGate

FortiGate 8.2
Based on 4 answers
Easy to configure and with a very intuitive manual to follow.
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Alternatives Considered

Cisco ASA

I had previously used Watchguard and Sonicwall firewalls (in addition to older Cisco firewalls). The Sonicwall worked ok as a small business firewall, but isn't really on the same level as Palo Alto and Cisco. Watchguard is closer to that level, and I did like their gui better, but their advanced features and reviews weren't as good. Palo Alto and Cisco went head to head for us. In the end, the Palo Alto had more developed features, but Cisco worked to undercut their price. When we looked at the rest of our network (and phone system) being Cisco and the price, the Cisco made the most sense for us. If we had a bigger budget for our firewall solution, we may have gone a different direction.
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FortiGate

Its a good product compared to others. Cisco ASA is a good product but too expensive. Palo Alto is good also but the service contract is really costly.
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Scalability

Cisco ASA

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.4
Based on 2 answers
My environments are pretty small (less than 100 users per location) so no issues here.
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Return on Investment

Cisco ASA

  • The ROI is generally not as good as the investors would like it to be.
  • Very good support and attention from the company and its associates, which reduces the recovery time in case of an incident.
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FortiGate

  • ROI has been good in that we had it installed and configured and haven't had to touch it. The initial cost was reasonable so the total outcome of expense has been good.
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Pricing Details

Cisco ASA

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

FortiGate

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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